this book was a quick read. i love edgerton's writing style (a la walking across egypt), and this is a great example of it. the story is a little weak, but his imagery and characters are amazingly strong.
I like almost all of Clyde Edgerton's books, but this is my absolute favorite. I adore the characters, and this book takes you from hilarious to heartbroken - just like life often does. Not many writers have the Southern dialect down as well as Edgerton.
An eccentric and endearing family chronicle from Clyde Edgerton, one of America's most acclaimed contemporary Southern writers.
Every year, on the first Sat. in May, the Copeland clan of Lister, NC gathers in the cemetery to clean their relations' gravestones and to swap family lore. Patriarch Albert Copeland is on hand, still driven by his deep desire to prove that his cockamamie floatplane can fly; so too is Aunt Vera, so high on laudanum that she's failed to notice the chickens roosting in her house. The younger generation is in attendance as well: Noralee, a beguiling tomboy who only dates hippies; cousins Meredith and Mark, never at a loss for another comic misadventure; and the lovely Bliss, who has recently become a Copeland by marriage and can scarcely believe the wacky antics of her new relatives. It is through her eyes that we become witness to a family's shared joys and sorrows, the outlandish rituals and traditions that define who they are and the old-fashioned thing called backbone that sustains them.
The Floatplane Notebooks is a whimsical, down-home tale chock-full of off beat humor-and warmed by the strong bond of love that runs throughout the lives of this extraordinary group of people.
I've never listened to this so the stars are are just for the review to go through.